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10 Highlights From October 2015 General Conference

Updated on October 23, 2015
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I am a child of God with infinite worth just like you are. I'm also a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Put God First

I loved this quote from Koichi Aoyogi. It's so basic, so simple, and so much the perfect reminder for me to always remember what's really important in life.

Although, I always want to put God first, it is easy to get distracted and lose sight of what's really my most important priority when I feel like I am stressed or overburdened.

When we put God first, and trust in our Savior to help us through our trials, we can set stressful worries aside, and recognize that what might seem important now, will really be rather insignificant in the eternal scheme of things.

This song has reminded me to put God first on a lot of stressful days. "Your world's not falling apart; it's falling into place."

God Never Loses Sight of Our Potential

Sometimes we feel like we've met our match, like we'll never be able to become the person that we're supposed to be, but that's just plain not true.

We are children of God. We all have a divine light within us, and Heavenly Father knows each of us individually.

He never forgets who we are, where we are, or who we can become. When we put our trust in him, he will help us become more than we think is possible.

Even in our lowest moments, our divine potential never changes.

We Do Not Have to Be Perfect

I think perfectionism is like a disease in our society. Kim B. Clark's quote is an important reminder that we don't have to be perfect.

So many people beat themselves up over and over again because of their weaknesses, when really we should just look at our weaknesses as reasons to turn to Christ and rely on his grace to make us strong.

Of course, we should all be the best people that we can be, and we should strive to become more Christ like every day so that we can share more of his light and love with the world, but we absolutely should not beat ourselves up over our imperfections.

If we were perfect, we wouldn't need a Savior, but Heavenly Father knew we wouldn't be perfect, and that's why he gave us his only begotten son.

Let's all just be grateful for the atoning sacrifice of our savior, and seek strength and forgiveness through him instead of convincing ourselves that our weaknesses and mistakes make us eternally flawed.

I love this song about how we can trust in God's grace when we feel less than perfect!

True Disciple Desire to Inspire

This quote by Gregory A Schwitzer was a good reminder for me. I know that I want to inspire people, but it's easy for the desire to impress people to sneak in.

What a challenge it can be to keep our motivations pure as our Savior would, but Christ told us that the way people will know we are his disciples is through our love to one another.

When a love of God and our fellow men is our inspiration, it is easy to seek to inspire without seeking to impress and get attention.

You Have to Glow Yourself

I love the image that President Thomas S. Mons's quote conjures up in my mind! The more that we follow the example of Jesus Christ, the more that we will stand out in this world like a candle in a dark cave.

The world is becoming a darker place all the time, and it needs the light that we can offer by sharing the pure love of Christ.

Deuteronomy 14:2 says that God chose his holy people to be a peculiar people. The standards of the world have strayed far from the standards that God has set for his people, and as we live his standards, we will appear to be more peculiar.

We will indeed stand out like a glowing light in the darkness.

Be Overcome By Light

I really liked this encouraging quote by Vern P. Stanfill. As was mentioned before, the world is becoming a darker place. Sometimes we even find ourselves feeling rather dark, dreary, and down trodden. These are realities that we have to face on a regular basis, but we can face them with hope.

No matter how dark things seem, as soon as light is introduced, the darkness is expelled.

We can choose to bring light into our own lives and into the world as we turn to Christ and live as he would have us live.

We can all do our part to push back the dark!

Self Control Is Like a Muscle

As you look around at what goes on in the world today, it's easy to see the devastating effects that come as a direct result of weakened self control muscles.

We live in a world where people are devastated by huge amounts of debt because they can't control the impulse to spend. People suffer illness because they don't control their appetites and choose not to participate in disciplined exercise programs. Violence and other atrocities that used to be shocking are becoming common place on the news, largely due to people who can't control their greed and anger, among a wide variety of negative emotions.

It's time for all of us to make a concerted effort to figure out where our self control muscles have become weak and exercise them until they become strong.

Devote Our Energy and Time to Things That Truly Matter

I feel like now it is easier than it ever has been before to spend our time on frivolous and useless things. It's so easy to lose track of time while perusing the internet or watching a favorite television show.

The media that is available to us isn't inherently bad. In fact, a lot of it is really good. We now have so many venues to be educated, inspired, and uplifted if we choose to use them for such, but is there something better we could be doing?

We are powerful beings with the ability to make a difference in the world. Let's make sure that we are choosing to devote our time and energy to things that truly matter in the eternal perspective.

Our Direction Is More Important Than Our Speed

This quote from Larry R. Lawrence again addresses this idea that we don't need to continually beat our selves up for not being good enough as long as we are on the right path.

Some of us may move at a faster pace than others, but our job isn't to compare ourselves to others. Our job is to do our best at moving forward in a path that brings us closer to Christ.

As long as we are on that path and still moving forward, we should be pleased with the progress that we are making.

Mothers Are Doing Better Than They Think

I thought this was a beautiful quote by Jeffrey R. Holland. I don't have any children myself, but I know so many amazing mothers who feel like they are falling short.

Elder Holland went on to say, "No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child."

I absolutely believe those words are true. All you mothers out there are doing so much more than you think. You are teaching children what it's like to be loved and helping them to understand how much love their Savior has for them.

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    • Carolyn M Fields profile image

      Carolyn Fields 24 months ago from the USA

      Amen.